Lockheed Martin Awarded Contract Worth $24 Million
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $24 million
contract to upgrade weapons systems trainers used in the C-130
Aircrew Training System (ATS) II. The program provides a
comprehensive academic and simulation training program for C-130
aircrews worldwide. The visual system and imagery databases in the
weapons systems simulators will be updated to provide the most
advanced and realistic training. The improvements are scheduled to
take place through 2014.
"The C-130 training effort continuously evolves with
advancements in technology to effectively prepare aircrews for
their high precision tactical airlift missions. C-130 aircrews
participate in critical military, civilian and humanitarian aid
operations, and our goal is to keep aircrews mission ready," said
Stephen Grotjan, C-130 ATS program manager for the U.S. Air Force
The new visual system will provide enhanced illumination in the
cockpit, advanced visual scenes and the latest infrared-enabled
night vision training. The visual databases will also be upgraded
to the same used by the new C-130J Maintenance and Aircrew Training
System, furthering interoperability across aircrew training.
"Lockheed Martin is focused on affordable yet innovative and
effective training for the men and women who operate the C-130,"
said Jim Weitzel, vice president for training and engineering
services in Lockheed Martin's Global Training and Logistics
business. "This effort will extend the training systems' lifecycle
while adding new capabilities."
Located at Little Rock Air Force Base, AR., the C-130 training
center of excellence serves the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine
Corps and Navy. More than 25 international partner countries also
train aircrews through the C-130 ATS II program.